Date: 1/2/2003

Jules Verne would have been delighted. Not only is the trophy for the fastest round-the-world yacht trip named after him, but also one of the competing boats was grappled recently by a giant squid. The trimaran Geronimo, skippered by the former holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, Olivier de Kersauson, was seized by a squid after the boat slowed mysteriously near Gibraltar. They found a 10m squid clinging to the hull. After the trimaran was slowed the squid let go and returned to the depth.

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